Purple Rain (1984)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women.
Jan 1, 1984 Wide
Aug 24, 2004
Warner Home Video
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It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Purple Rain--the Citizen Kane of Minnesota movies and a worldwide showcase for the ascendance of its then-26-year-old star into rock 'n' roll eternity.
...there is so much good music involved...it easily distracts one's mind from the clunky histrionics.
The musical performances are memorable, everything else is forgettable
Bland Prince vehicle that takes itself far too seriously.
intriguingly well-told story
Those who are looking for a two-hour music video with a coherent story will not be disappointed.
The performers have a bit of a wink behind their performances, and so the artificiality meshes together neatly.
Purple Rain shares a trump card--its set list--with casual Prince fans, who are advised to reach for the soundtrack album instead.
Purple Rain's gazillion-selling soundtrack album has more or less eclipsed the film in pop culture history books.
Short people of Hollywood...DANCE!
A classic '80s rock movie, whose soundtrack was perhaps the best album of the decade.
Prince is one of the most talented musicians of our time. His movie doesn't quite reflect that, but it's in Minneapolis, so it's cool.
So-so picture that is most notable for the terrific musical sequences featuring Prince and his band.
You'll have a rockin' good time!
Where are all those people who called this "the Citizen Kane of rock movies" hiding?
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